Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

13-1023 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products

Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semi-finished materials for manufacturing. Excludes "Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products" (13-1021) and "Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products" (13-1022).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
274,540 0.6 % $29.46 $61,280 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.13 $21.36 $27.68 $36.00 $44.72
Annual Wage (2) $35,640 $44,420 $57,580 $74,880 $93,020


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 34,530 1.67 $36.62 $76,160
Management of Companies and Enterprises 17,120 0.90 $31.34 $65,200
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 10,500 2.22 $32.56 $67,720
Local Government (OES Designation) 10,060 0.18 $27.74 $57,710
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,630 0.17 $24.10 $50,120

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 10,500 2.22 $32.56 $67,720
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 7,090 1.74 $31.13 $64,750
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 34,530 1.67 $36.62 $76,160
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 1,620 1.60 $27.54 $57,290
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 3,670 1.57 $26.19 $54,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 190 0.05 $40.13 $83,480
Natural Gas Distribution 320 0.29 $37.46 $77,920
Oil and Gas Extraction 560 0.34 $37.25 $77,470
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 34,530 1.67 $36.62 $76,160
Postal Service 520 0.08 $36.11 $75,100


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 31,020 2.21 1.03 $31.70 $65,940
Texas 22,790 2.21 1.03 $29.49 $61,340
New York 14,140 1.68 0.78 $29.76 $61,910
Pennsylvania 14,010 2.52 1.18 $29.23 $60,790
Florida 13,320 1.86 0.87 $26.49 $55,100




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 2,360 3.66 1.71 $39.13 $81,380
Virginia 12,070 3.40 1.59 $33.81 $70,330
Washington 8,740 3.21 1.50 $32.10 $66,760
Michigan 11,520 3.01 1.41 $30.70 $63,850
Alabama 5,300 2.93 1.37 $30.11 $62,630




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 2,360 3.66 1.71 $39.13 $81,380
Virginia 12,070 3.40 1.59 $33.81 $70,330
New Jersey 6,230 1.65 0.77 $33.49 $69,670
Maryland 6,830 2.75 1.29 $33.34 $69,340
Delaware 760 1.89 0.88 $32.90 $68,430





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,080 2.37 1.11 $30.43 $63,290
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 9,070 3.92 1.83 $38.71 $80,510
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,610 1.50 0.70 $31.48 $65,490
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 6,520 2.56 1.19 $31.60 $65,730
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 5,670 3.13 1.46 $31.76 $66,060
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 5,550 4.05 1.89 $34.25 $71,250
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,460 1.52 0.71 $29.84 $62,080
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,090 2.49 1.16 $30.08 $62,570
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 4,430 2.61 1.22 $28.41 $59,090
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,330 1.94 0.91 $28.85 $60,000